RECKONING WITH OUR PAST, SHAPING OUR FUTURE:
"We will not become who we might be, until we remember who we were."
- The Rev. Gil Caldwll
The Divinity School at Duke University to acknowledge their history of segregation and Gil’s personal history of being denied entrance to the school.
Wednesday, October 18th, 11:25 am Worship and Conversation at The Divinity School at Duke University
On October 18th the Divinity School at Duke University leadership will formally acknowledge the practiced segregation of the Divinity School when it would not allow Blacks to enroll in the school. In the 1950's Gil was one of those individuals whose enrollment was denied because of the color of his skin. He received a letter from the Duke Trustees informing him that they had not changed their segregation policies. They wrote, "We hope you will find a Seminary to meet your needs." He went on to attend Boston University.
We expect that the chapel service, at which Gil will be preaching, will be a moving time of formal acknowledgement of the demeaning and repulsive practice of segregation. The service will be followed by a community conversation about issues of race and diversity on today’s campus.
SUPER SPECIAL EVENT!
Monday, October 9, 12:30-1:30 pm -- Brown Chapel AME Church, 410 Martin Luther King St, Selma, AL
Gil and Marilyn will speak at LOVE BUILDS BRIDGES, a day in Selma with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir during their Lavender Pen Tour of Southern states. Besides words from Gil and Marilyn, the Brown Chapel program will include music by the choirs, oral history, mayoral address, and a special blessing.
At 2:45 pm the speakers, singers and dignitaries will reenact the Selma to Montgomery March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.